Afghanistan vs South Africa

Afghanistan vs South Africa Highlights – South Africa Crush Afghanistan in First T20 World Cup Semi-Final

The Afghanistan vs South Africa semi-final match was a surprise for everyone. Played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, South Africa crushed Afghanistan by a startling margin of 9 wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. From the start, the Proteas controlled the game, bowling out Afghanistan for just 56 runs in only 11.5 overs. 

Their disciplined batting effort supported their merciless bowling attack; it chased down the mark in only 8.5 overs with 9 wickets in hand. For the first time in their history, this complete triumph guarantees South Africa’s spot in the T20 World Cup final.

Afghanistan vs South Africa Playing XIs

South Africa

  • Quinton de Kock (wk)
  • Reeza Hendricks
  • Aiden Markram (c)
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • David Miller
  • Tristan Stubbs
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Marco Jansen
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Anrich Nortje
  • Tabraiz Shamsi


  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Azmatullah Omarzai
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Nangeyalia Kharote
  • Karim Janat
  • Rashid Khan (c)
  • Noor Ahmad
  • Naveen-ul-Haq
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi

Afghanistan vs South Africa First Innings Scorecard


BatsmanRunsBalls FacedFoursSixesStrike RateOut By
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)03000c Reeza Hendricks b Marco Jansen
Ibrahim Zadran25400162.5b Kagiso Rabada
Gulbadin Naib9801112.5b Marco Jansen
Azmatullah Omarzai10120183.33c Tristan Stubbs b Anrich Nortje
Mohammad Nabi3300100b Kagiso Rabada
Nangeyalia Kharote780087.5c Quinton de Kock b Marco Jansen
Karim Janat8130161.54lbw b Tabraiz Shamsi
Rashid Khan (c)8100180b Anrich Nortje
Noor Ahmad01000lbw b Tabraiz Shamsi
Naveen-ul-Haq250040lbw b Tabraiz Shamsi
Fazalhaq Farooqi2200100Not Out


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BowlerOversMaidensRuns GivenWicketsEconomy Rate
Marco Jansen301635.33
Keshav Maharaj10606
Kagiso Rabada301424.67
Anrich Nortje30722.33
Tabraiz Shamsi1.50634

Afghanistan vs South Africa Second Innings Scorecard


BatsmanRunsBalls FacedFoursSixesStrike RateOut By
Quinton de Kock (wk)580062.5b Fazalhaq Farooqi
Reeza Hendricks29*2530116Not Out
Aiden Markram (c)23*2120109.52Not Out


BowlerOversMaidensRuns GivenWicketsEconomy Rate
Fazalhaq Farooqi201115.5
Rashid Khan (c)10808
Azmatullah Omarzai1.501809.82
Gulbadin Naib10808

Afghanistan vs South Africa Highlights

Afghanistan’s Performance

Afghanistan’s poor batting performance defined the one-sided nature of the game. Failing to generate any kind of momentum, Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (0 off 3) and Ibrahim Zadran dropped quickly. Though wickets were falling at regular intervals, Gulbadin Naib (9 off 8) and Azmatullah Omarzai (10 off 12) provided a little challenge. 

Adding to the South African bowling onslaught, the middle and lower order fell totally. Karim Janat (8 off 13) played the most balls. With three wickets for only six runs in his 1.5 overs, South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, turned out to be the most damaging bowler. Two wickets apiece from Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen also help to destroy the Afghan batting line-up for only 56 runs.

South Africa’s Performance

With a merciless and clinical bowling assault, South Africa destroyed the Afghan batting order precisely. With three straight tight overs and three vital wickets claimed, Marco Jansen (3/16) was the bowlers’ selection. Taking two wickets apiece and exerting continuous pressure, Kagiso Rabada (2/14) and Anrich Nortje (2/23) offered first-rate support. With his 3/6 outstanding leg-spin, Tabraiz Shamsi limited run flow and revealed Afghan batting flaws. Keshav Maharaj (0/6) also bowled a neat over, handing out only six runs in his one over.

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South Africa’s openers, Quinton de Kock (5) and Reeza Hendricks (29*), guaranteed a facile win from a paltry target of 57 runs. Hendricks anchored the chase with a calm 29 off 25 balls while De Kock was removed early by Fazalhaq Farooqi (1/15). Joined him at the crease, Aiden Markram (23* off 21) provided a supporting role to help South Africa attain the mark in only 8.5 overs free from any further mistakes. With only Fazalhaq Farooqi able to grab a wicket, Afghanistan’s bowlers offered nothing.

With their strong performance, South Africa shows their will to claim their first T20 World Cup. Driven to raise the trophy, they will wait for their opponent in the final.

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